Chapter 16. Exercise and Psychological Well-Being

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Panteleimon Ekkekakis PhD1 and
  2. Susan H. Backhouse PhD2

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch16

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Ekkekakis, P. and Backhouse, S. H. (2008) Exercise and Psychological Well-Being, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch16

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

  2. 2

    Carnegie Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • exercise and psychological well-being;
  • anxiety - negative emotional state;
  • societal importance;
  • role of exercise;
  • depression - one of a group of “mood disorders”;
  • construct assessment;
  • mood and affect;
  • self-concept and self-esteem - core of our self-perceptions;
  • health-related quality of life


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood and affect

  • Cognitive function

  • Self-esteem

  • Health-related quality of life

  • Conclusions

  • References